When a person mentions celery, you might often think of a long green stock with a leafy end on top that doesn’t really have a taste. Little do people know, celery provides a wide range of health benefits. There are ways to get around the bland taste of celery, such as combining it with other vegetables or fruits in the form of a vegetable juice, or dipping it in light ranch dressing, or low fat peanut butter. Different parts of celery have different nutritional properties. The leaves of the celery have a high content of vitamin A, whereas the stem of celery provides a great source of vitamins B1, B2, B6, and vitamin C. The stem is also a good source of folic acid, potassium, magnesium, calcium, sodium, iron, phosphorus, and a wide range of essential amino acids.
Celery has a natural organic sodium that is safe to consume, and is actually necessary for the body. People who are sensitive to salt won’t have a problem with the sodium in celery. Many other vegetables lose their essential nutrients during the cooking process, however celery does not lose any nutritional value when cooked. Drinking celery juice throughout the day helps to curb your cravings for rich and sweet foods. By being able to eliminate such foods, this can help with the weight loss process.
Celery health benefits include providing relief from inflammation that is caused by the following conditions: rheumatoid arthritis, gout, bronchitis, asthma, and osteoarthritis. It can also promote normal kidney function by providing an aid in the elimination of toxins in the body. Along with eliminating toxins, it also stops kidney stones from developing. Celery can also help to break up and eliminate gall bladder stones and urinary stones.
Celery has been proven to be effective with lowering total cholesterol as well as the bad (LDL) cholesterol. Celery has a compound called phtalides then help to relax muscles around the arteries, causing the vessels to dilate, and allows for the blood to flow naturally. By doing so this will help reduce blood pressure. Phtalides is an anti cancer component which can help with the detoxification of carcinogens, In other words it may help prevent cancer. Celery also has coumarins, which enhances the activity of specific white blood cells.
Other celery health benefits include aiding in promoting bowel movements. The sodium and potassium in celery juice aids and regulating body fluid and stimulating the production of urine. This helps to get rid of excess fluid in the body. Celery can help boost your immune system because of its high content of vitamin C. Because of the high content of vitamin C, celery can provide relief from cold weather. The vitamin C is located in the roots of the celery, and promotes good cardiovascular health.
There is a high content of calcium in celery that can help calm nerves. If you suffer from anxiety, eating celery or drinking celery juice may help to relieve the symptoms that go along with it. Celery can also be used as an antioxidant which can help you look and feel younger and slow down the aging process.
Celery health benefits are vast, and can aid in internal disorders as well as external problems. By adding celery to your every day diet, you will help your overall health.
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